Intel Core i9-10900K Review

Enthusiast desktop processor released in 2020 with 10 cores and 20 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 5.3GHz, and a 125W power rating. Core i9-10900K is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and part of the Core i9 series.
Price 61.3%
Speed 98%
Productivity 93%
Gaming 99%
Category Desktop
Target enthusiast
Socket Compatibility LGA1200
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 1 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 488 USD
Number of Cores 10 Cores
Number of Threads 20 Threads
Core Frequency 3.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 5.3 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5.4 GHz
Power Consumption 125 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 20 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 61.3 %
Speed Score 98 %
Productivity Score 93 %
Gaming Score 99 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 0 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 0 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 0 %
Overall Score 64/100

The Core i9-10900K is one of Intel's enthusiast Desktop processors. It was released in 2020 with 10 cores and 20 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 5.3GHz, and a 125W power rating. The Core i9-10900K is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and is part of the Core i9 series.

Core i9-10900K is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i9-9900KS processor that was based on the Coffee Lake Refresh and 14nm process and was released in 2019.

The Intel Core i9-10900K is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 10 cores, 20 threads and high price tag. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on a mainstream processor, then look no further. Whether you’re playing PC games or even doing hardcore video and 3D work, the Intel Core i9-10900K can handle them with ease.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i9-10900K is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i9-10900K.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i9 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 99% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i9-10900K proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent enthusiast chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade H410, 4470, Z490 motherboard.